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Make-A-Wish Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin grants over 300 wishes per year to children ages 2 1/2 to 18 living with a life-threatening medical condition. Our goal is to grant each eligible child his or her one "true wish," and these wishes generally fall into one of four categories: "I wish to be," "I wish to go," I wish to have," or "I wish to meet."
Hundreds of volunteers are needed across the state in a variety of capacities to help bring hope, strength and joy to wish children and their families. Wish granting, helping with special events and fundraisers, and assisting with office projects are a few examples of how volunteers make a valuable difference.
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin is a not-for-profit organization that relies solely on the generosity of individuals and businesses to fulfill its mission. Gifts of cash and investments, estate gifts, and in-kind contributions are some of the ways funds are raised, and 77% of every dollar raised goes directly to granting wishes.
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin is one of 64 chapters of Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. Over 225,000 wishes have been granted across the nation since the Foundation's inception in 1980, and a wish is now granted every 38 minutes.
It is an amazing group. I had a friend that had only a month left to live and all she wanted was to hockey with her school team, but she was too weak to walk. They made her a special wheel chair to go on the ice and let her play with the team until she was content. She was so happy and they are truly a blessing.